Parent Ministry Ideas - What Are Fathers Made Of?

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Parent Ministry
Ideas - What
Are Fathers
Made Of?
Paul Harvey's
definitions of a
father
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A father is a thing that is
forced to endure
childbirth without an
anesthetic.
A father is a thing that
growls when it feels
good-and laughs very
loud when it's scared half
to death.
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A father never feels entirely
worthy of the worship in a
child's eyes. He's never
quite the hero his daughter
thinks, never quite the man
his son believes him to be-
and this worries him,
sometimes. So he works
too hard to try and smooth
the rough places in the road
for those of his own who
will follow him.
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A father is a thing that gets
very angry when the first
school grades aren't as good
as he thinks they should be.
He scolds his son though he
knows it's the teacher's fault.
Fathers are what give
daughters away to other men
who aren't nearly good
enough so they can have
grandchildren who are
smarter than anybody's .
Fathers grow old faster than
other people.
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And while mothers can cry
where it shows, fathers stand
there and beam outside-and
die inside. Fathers have very
stout hearts, so they have to
be broken sometimes or no
one would know what is
inside. Fathers give daughters
away to other men who aren't
nearly good enough so they
can have grandchildren who
are smarter than anybody's.
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Fathers fight dragons almost
daily. They hurry away from
the breakfast table, off to the
arena which is sometimes
called an office or a
workshop... where they tackle
the dragon with three heads:
Weariness, Work and
Monotony.
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Knights in shining armor.
Fathers make bets with
insurance companies about
who'll live the longest.
Though they know the odds,
they keep right on betting.
Even as the odds get higher
and higher, they keep right
on betting more and
more. And one day they lose.
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But fathers enjoy an earthly
immortality and the bet is
paid off to the part of him
he leaves behind.
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I don't know where fathers
go when they die. But I've an
idea that after a good rest,
wherever it is, he won't be
happy unless there's work to
do. He won't just sit on a
cloud and wait for the girl
he's loved and the children
she bore. He'll be busy there,
too, repairing the stairs, oiling
the gates, improving the
streets, smoothing the way.
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